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On Tuesday 31 November, the President of the Turkish Taekwondo Federation Sahin Metin, the Vice-President Dr. Duymaz Oktay and World Taekwondo Auditor and Council Member Mr. Ali Sagirkaya visited the WTE President's Office in Athens, Greece, on the occasion of the WTE European Kids & Clubs Championships 2018 that will be hosted in Turkey. Present at the meeting along with the Turkish Taekwondo delegation was also Dr. Zakir Avsar, Professor in Gazi University of Ankara, Turkey and member of the general Sports Council of the TTF.

The curtains of WTE Calendar 2018 open with the WTE Kids and Clubs Championships, which is also the inaugural year that all the WTE events and championships function under the new, rebranded World Taekwondo Europe image. In seek of integration overall the WTE events, and even higher participation, it is the first time that the two championships will be hosted in the capital Istanbul, Turkey, instead of Antalya.

During the Turkish Taekwondo meeting with WTE President Sakis Pragalos, they two parties extensively discussed the progress of the championships during the years hosted in Turkey, and pointed out the main areas that can be further elevated.

"The Turkish Taekwondo Federation has been hosting these championships for many years now, and thus, has obtained the necessary expertise and knowledge towards a successful organization of a WTE event. This means that they have reached a point of time efficiency in their deliveries, effective management, and minimalization of errors throughout the different operations of an event organizing procedures." stated WTE President Sakis Pragalos and mentioned that since this year the championships are hosted in Istanbul, the event can attract even more competitors that faced difficulties with travelling in the past.

The WTE European Kids and Clubs Championships 2018 are scheduled for the first week of February 2018, prior to the Turkish Open Tournament, which will also be hosted in Istanbul. Further information regarding the events outline and accommodation will be announced promptly.





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